Tests to evaluate the performance of tyres - Assessing tyre performance

Assessing tyre performance

Tyre tests and reviews

Safety, comfort, economy: the quality of a tyre depends on a balance of these three criteria.

Rolling resistance test of tyres Rolling resistance test of tyres - Copyright © : Rezulteo

There is no such thing as the perfect tyre. Each range is the result of a smart compromise between various properties: road holding, longevity, grip, etc. Some examples:

  • For a sports car, the emphasis is on handling, road holding and endurance at high speed.
  • On a winter range, grip, in particular on cold surfaces is the priority.
  • For a hybrid car, tyres to limit fuel consumption should be chosen.

In order to compare tyres, they are subjected to performance tests. These tests award marks to the tyre per type of performance.

Basic performance (for all tyres)




Reduction in fuel consumption

Wear life

Driving pleasure

Absorbs irregularities in the road

Responsiveness on dry roads

Rolling noise


Sensitivity to aquaplaning

Braking on dry roads

Braking on wet roads

Road holding on wet roads

Basic performance for winter tyres




Acceleration on ice

Braking on ice


Acceleration on snow

Braking on snow

Usually the balance of performances is shown in the form of a spider chart ("performance chart").

The spider chart for this benchmark tyre attributes the same value to each performance.

Targeted tyre

Priority has been given to grip – on wet and dry roads – to the detriment of longevity.

Tyre with a technological advance

The overall tyre performance is greater than the benchmark tyre. Longevity and grip on wet roads have been given priority without undermining any other criteria.

rezulteo's notation system

The notation system on our site is based on the results of tests conducted by 21 specialist magazines and European test bodies. It includes 9 performances for summer tyres and 4 for winter tyres.